Ectopic heartbeats are irregular beats among otherwise normal heartbeats that feel as though the heart has either missed or gained a beat. This condition is common and usually does not require treatment.
If you are bothered by an occasional irregular heartbeat, your doctor may prescribe medication to treat the condition. Frequent ectopic heartbeats may result from using too much caffeine, alcohol, or nicotine. If you use these substances, quit smoking and cut down on alcohol and coffee, tea, soft drinks, and other beverages that contain caffeine.